TADL Kids Text Tips

Tips for parents of preschoolers are texted right to your phone! These encourage interactive fun with your young children while also getting them ready for kindergarten.

  • February 15thHelping your child to put words to feelings develops vocabulary in a meaningful way. You can talk not only about your child’s feelings but yours as well.
  • February 8th: A fun way to help children recognize a word’s beginning sounds is through tongue twisters. Try: “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. / A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.” with your children. Here is a list of fun tongue twisters at the library.
  • February 1st: Young children don’t know that we are reading text when we share picture books with them. Run your finger under the title or repeated phrases as you read them. Encourage your child to say the repeated phrase.
  • January 25th: Blocks and cut-out shapes are great early exposure to later math – geometry. Young children can better understand shapes if they actually handle them. Ask for a “shapes” book at the library to continue your child’s learning.
  • January 18thChewing on books is baby’s way of exploring this part of their world. Continue this as a positive experience by saying, “That book looks tasty; let’s take it out of your mouth and see what it says!”
  • January 11: Library programs can be considered a child’s 1st class and develop a positive attitude towards learning. From positive interactions with the group leader to positive experiences learning in a group setting. To find TADL programs right for your child, please look here: tadl.org/events.
  • January 4Use books and stories to help children develop their own problem-solving skills. Talk with your child before reading about the problem the character is facing. As you read, ask your child how they would resolve the problem (you can also ask this at the end).
  • December 28: Holidays are a time for food. Read a picture book about cooking and act out the story with your child. Demonstrate motions like stirring and pouring and have your child imitate you.
  • December 21: Songs about everyday experiences, body parts, and senses help children make sense of the world. Using picture books on such topics also helps children to expand their knowledge of our world.
  • December 14: Having craft materials on hand for exploration is one form of problem solving. They offer children the chance to see if they can make the materials do what they want them to do or, if not, how to adjust.
  • December 7: If your child is having difficulty finishing a task, try recognizing his or her efforts with positive words and encouraging them to continue.
  • November 30: Scarves can be almost anything. Sing “Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me,” pretending the scarf is a fly swatter. When you’re done, ask your child what else the scarf could be and what you can do with it.
  • November 23: Sing “Pat-a-cake” with your child, then role play the scene with them. Have your child pretend to be the baker and you a customer, then reverse roles for fun!
  • November 16: An assortment of stuffed animals or animal puppets can make for a great learning experience. Sing “Old MacDonald” or read a book about the animals, showing each animal to your child when you name them or make their sound.  
  • November 9: As you share a book with your child and talk about the pictures, leave time for your child to talk, too. You may have to wait a while, but the development of narrative skills starts with talking or babbling.
  • November 2By reciting nursery rhymes you help your child build a strong foundation for learning how to read. Hearing rhymes and patterns in sounds helps them to trigger speech. For a selection of nursery rhymes in our libraries, click HERE.